June 20, 2019
Emmie Baker, PatchCare Development Manager at Caremark, walked over 27 miles along the Jurassic Coast, in memory of a friend who had passed away from breast cancer. With her husband, Joe, the couple raised over £500 for MacMillan, the national charity who provide health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.
During one of the wettest weekends of the year – June 2019 is set to be named one of the wettest on record – Emmie and Joe tackled a 27-mile hike of the challenging Jurassic Coast, in just 12 hours and 28 minutes. Starting in Weymouth and ending in Wareham, the couple took in the sites of Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Corfe Castle, all along this beautiful World Heritage site.
Emmie, who joined the Caremark head office team in April, took on the mammoth challenge in memory of a close friend, who sadly passed away from breast cancer 17 years ago.
“The cause is especially close to my heart because of the impact cancer has had on those closest to me. My friend was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 30 years old and when she passed away, she left a five-year-old daughter behind. I willingly stepped in to raise Grace, who also sadly lost her Grandmother to cancer just a year after her Mum passed away. Grace is 22 now, and really proud of me and Joe for taking part in the Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike. As are our three other younger children, Grace – who I named after her big sister after becoming so close to Ruth and Grace, before Ruth passed away – James and Baylee. Baylee, who’s only four, is particularly taken with my participant medal and has already claimed it!
“The months of training and miles of walking in the non-stop rain was definitely worth it. Although it was tough going, fundraisers like this offer a poignant reminder that however painful the walk is, it’s only temporary. It’s never as painful as the awful experience of dealing with cancer. I’m so proud to have been able to offer my support and would like to thank Caremark, my friends and family for sponsoring me.”
Emmie comes to the Caremark network with close to 30 years’ experience in the health and social care industry and has joined the team to develop their new social care system, PatchCare. Emmie feels passionate about supporting both national and local charities, specifically those operating from the south coast, where she is based and lives with her family.